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Microsoft follies

2007-05-22 13:45:38.708964+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

So after years and years of incompatible revisions of that abomination called the ".DOC" file, Microsoft finally decided to catch up with the rest of the world and do something modern. Rather than adopt, say, the Open Document Format, they once again decided to go off on their own direction and create the ".DOCX" format, a zip file containing XML documents (kinda like OpenOffice.org has been doing for a long time).

The howler is that they call this the "Office Open" format, but nothing reads it. Furthermore, there's supposed to be a plugin for OpenOffice.org from Novell that reads it, but attempting to install it on Windows gives about a gazillion error dialogs, and because it's in some lame-ass RPM format and claims that the straight .oxt plugin only works on Windows, I haven't bothered to try to to install it on Linux.

I just wussed out and asked the person who sent me the document to try again as .DOC...

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-05-24 04:39:38.743669+00 by: Shawn

I haven't been able to successfully install it under either platform.